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Internal Document Reveals Scope of UNHCR’s Ambitions for Biometric ID

Internal Document Reveals Scope of UNHCR’s Ambitions for Biometric ID

Biometrics News “…the assessment puts some hard numbers behind biometric ID programs that the UNHCR has championed through specific examples like Bangladesh’s settlements for Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.” The United Nations’ refugee agency has ambitious goals with respect to its use of biometrics for refugee identification, and is solidly on track to meeting them, reveals…

Biometric IDs Issued to Half a Million Rohingya Refugees: UNHCR

Biometric IDs Issued to Half a Million Rohingya Refugees: UNHCR

Over half a million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have now received biometric identity documents, the United Nations’ refugee agency has announced. Speaking at a press conference at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic called the biometric identity cards “fraud-proof”, and explained that they have been jointly issued by UNHCR and Bangladeshi…

UNHCR Celebrates Biometric Registration of Over a Quarter of Bangladesh’s Rohingya Refugees

UNHCR Celebrates Biometric Registration of Over a Quarter of Bangladesh’s Rohingya Refugees

“And as the UNHCR has previously outlined, the biometric ID cards themselves can help refugees to access critical services, and can be used for resettlement and potential repatriation.” Well over a quarter million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have now been registered for biometric ID cards, the United Nations’ refugee agency has announced. It’s the latest…

UNHCR’s Biometric IDs Help Protect Refugees from Itself

UNHCR’s Biometric IDs Help Protect Refugees from Itself

The United Nations’ refugee agency has been vocal about the benefits of biometric identification for those in its charge for years, but recently the organization invoked this technology in its own defense. The UNHCR was responding to an extensive investigative report from NBC alleging widespread corruption at the refugee agency. Usually this involves bribery in…

UNHCR Official Calls Biometric IDs ‘a Big Milestone’ in Refugee Aid

UNHCR Official Calls Biometric IDs ‘a Big Milestone’ in Refugee Aid

After a high-level tour of refugee centers in Bangladesh, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is more convinced than ever of the importance of biometric IDs for helping displaced people. The visit was conducted by Volker Türk, the Assistant High Commissioner for Protection at the United Nations’ refugee agency, who visited Bangladesh to assess…

Distilled Identity and Emerge Unveil New Refugee Identity Technology

Distilled Identity and Emerge Unveil New Refugee Identity Technology

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has repeatedly called for the adoption of biometric platforms that make it easier to manage refugee populations. Now, Distilled Identity and Emerge have forged a partnership to fulfill that request. The two companies have announced Homeward, a new platform that uses biometric data to create a self-sovereign…

Nigerian Gov’t Looks to Biometrics to Help Flooding Victims

Nigerian Gov’t Looks to Biometrics to Help Flooding Victims

“Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency is deploying automated biometric identification systems to camps housing the displaced individuals, with officials currently training government staff.” With heavy rains having caused serious flooding across rural areas in Nigeria earlier this year, the country’s government is looking to biometric technology to help identify displaced persons. According to a government…

New Biometric Screening Requirements Take Effect in Canada

New Biometric Screening Requirements Take Effect in Canada

Today, July 31, 2018, marks the official start of Canada’s expanded biometric border screening program that mandates all European, African and Middle Eastern nationals applying for a visitor visa, a work study permit, or for permanent residence must provide fingerprint biometrics and a photo. The biometrics collected are valid for a period of ten years…

Canadian Authorities Prepare for Biometric Border Screening Expansion

Canadian Authorities Prepare for Biometric Border Screening Expansion

Canadian immigration authorities are preparing for an administrative challenge as the country expands its biometric screening program, announcing that they will open new registration centers to accommodate heightened demand. The expansion is set to begin on July 31st, when visitors from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa will be required to provide biometric data –…

Canada to Dramatically Expand Biometric Border Screening This Year

Canada to Dramatically Expand Biometric Border Screening This Year

Canada’s biometric border screening program is going to expand dramatically this year with new requirements applying to visitors from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Currently, Canadian border authorities collect biometric data including fingerprints from refugees, asylum claimants, and visa applicants coming from 30 ‘high risk’ countries of origin. But starting July 31st, the program…

Biometric IDs Help UN Agency Press Case for Refugee Aid

Biometric IDs Help UN Agency Press Case for Refugee Aid

The UNHCR’s use of biometric identification for refugees is helping the organization to make the case for additional funding for displaced Syrians. The United Nations’ refugee agency is pressing the case for funding ahead of a deadline this month that will see cash assistance for Syrian refugees run out. Some 5.6 million people have been…

New Law and Biometric ID Cards Help Refugees Rebuild in Ecuador

New Law and Biometric ID Cards Help Refugees Rebuild in Ecuador

Biometric ID cards and new legislation are now helping refugees in Ecuador to rebuild their lives. The legislation has provided the catalyst: Essentially, it grants residents of Ecuador in possession of refugee cards the same rights as the country’s national ID cards. That means refugees who present their IDs when applying for a job or…

Government Applications Month: 3 Biometric ID Programs in Practice

Government Applications Month: 3 Biometric ID Programs in Practice

All over the world national governments are turning to biometrics for civil ID. Successful large scale implementations of biometrics-based national ID are emboldening countries – from the Philippines to France – to register their citizens for reasons as far ranging as naked payments and financial inclusion, to digital democracy and national security. This week, for…

Government Applications Month: The Primer

Government Applications Month: The Primer

September is Government Applications Month at FindBiometrics, during which we are placing a featured focus on the identity management and strong authentication technologies that keep modern society secure, convenient, and safe. From military ID and physical access control, to border security, law enforcement and next-gen voting, biometric technology has become a key component of the…

BRIEF: How Biometric Tech is Helping Refugees

BRIEF: How Biometric Tech is Helping Refugees

It’s World Refugee Day, a time to bring focused attention to a complex issue that is increasingly in the news. According to the UNHCR, the UN agency most directly concerned with refugee issues, one in every 113 people in the world are refugees from war or political violence, with an estimated total of 65 million…

Speech Recognition Tech to Help German Authorities Identify Origin Countries of Refugees

Speech Recognition Tech to Help German Authorities Identify Origin Countries of Refugees

German officials are planning to use speech recognition technology to help identify the countries of origin of the many migrants applying for refugee status. The Federal Migration Office (BAMF) already employs linguists covering a range of languages, but as of the start of the year faced a backlog of 430,000 refugee applications as the country…

News Roundup: The Impending Death of the Password

News Roundup: The Impending Death of the Password

Last week at FindBiometrics we continued to unpack our Year in Review 2016 results—looking at the most interesting modalities and the impending death of the password—while biometric elections, innovations in mobility, and advanced security made up the bulk of the headlines. Here is a look back on last week’s top stories in global identity management:…

Refugees in Chad Benefit from Biometric IDs

Refugees in Chad Benefit from Biometric IDs

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is now working with government authorities in Chad to register stateless refugees in an identity program that uses biometrics to ensure such individuals have official and reliable identification. It’s an important effort in Chad, which has seen an influx of refugees from war-torn neighbour the Central African Republic.…

Malaysia Urged to Adopt Biometric IDs for Refugee Crisis

Malaysia Urged to Adopt Biometric IDs for Refugee Crisis

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is urging Malaysia’s government to let it introduce a biometric identity card to refugees fleeing from neighboring Myanmar. Most of the refugees are ethnic Rohingya Muslims facing persecution and oppression from the largely Buddhist majority in Myanmar. The sheer volume of refugees alone is cause for concern…